Beatson Cancer Charity would like to extend a huge thank you to all who took part in the Re-lay Big Beatson Swim in support of Beatson Cancer Charity on Friday 25th August.
12 members of Beatson staff & friends swam an incredible total distance of 39K over 14 hours and 40 minutes in a relay from Ardlui to Balloch.
The team put in so much effort with all of their training & fundraising and have raised over £5000.00 so far through their Just Giving page and their hugely successful charity night at Café Source Too on Friday 18th August!
Well done to Karen, Hilary, Derek, David, Laura, Jonathan, Emily, Catherine, Jan, Paul, Jessica & Jenni for completing such an epic challenge!
A big thank you to Vigour Events for their support and to everyone who came along to cheer on the team as they swam the final kilometre.
A Big Monster Swim by Phia Steyn
Some time next week between 4-8 September (or at a push the following week in between teaching starting), all weather dependent, I am hoping to make an attempt at swimming the length of Loch Ness. At 36.6km Ness is the third longest loch in Scotland (and hence the UK) and is our loch that contains the greatest volume of water, mostly because it is so deep (with an average depth of 132m/433f and a maximum depth of 230m/755f), which in turn means that it remains extremely cold even at the end of what passed this year as ‘summer’ in Scotland. For once, I will not correct people when they say ‘it must be really cold out there in the deep bits of the loch’, which is the most common comment I get from the hundreds of tourists who frequent Loch Lubnaig, where I train in the summer!
What was simply the last entry on my ‘2017 To Swim List’ that was dependent on other factors, became very personal to me and a full blown fundraising swim last week Friday (25 Aug). When I walked into work that day a friend told me the sad news that one of our friends and colleagues, Alasdair Ross, did not have months to live – as we had been told just over a week before – but two weeks at most. It turned out that we had even less time left with Ally, and he passed away in Stirling on Saturday night, just under four weeks after the initial diagnosis of cancer. Most of us were still coming to grips with the fact that our friend was not just ill, but terminally ill; now most of us will never get to say goodbye and never get to tell him just how much he has meant to us. Ally was a wonderful guy – a proper Scot with a passion for Scotland, its people, its environment, its past and its future. He campaigned tirelessly for Scottish independence during the Indyref of 2014; was unflappable to the point that when he became worried about something you knew it was worth taking notice; intellectually independent; inspiring in very many ways; vivacious about life and food and beer and wine and nature, and a wonderful loyal friend. He specialised in Scottish history, medieval and modern, and was the best palaeographer I know off – he could read the most lamentable shreds of handwriting, even what to me looked like doodle lines. Plenty of his publications are available on Stirling University’s Open Access site – simply follow this link and have a nosy around the excellent historical writings he produced: http://dspace.stir.ac.uk/simple-search?query=Alasdair+Ross&sort_by=score&order=desc&rpp=10&etal=0&filtername=author&filterquery=Ross%2C+Alasdair&filtertype=equals As you’ll see, his interests were wide and diverse: he published on varied topics from the Picts to hunting estates to fishing in the North Atlantic, and his major monograph is Land Assessment and Lordship in Medieval Northern Scotland (Brepols, 2015) for those interested in something slightly weightier.
This swim is dedicated to Alasdair Ross who was taken from us too soon. As an Africanist I am 100% unlikely to be making a contribution to any of the planned edited volumes in his name that will be published in the next few years. But as a Scotland-based open water swimmer, I am able to dedicate what will be an immensely tough and cold swim to him. I will miss you Alasdair Ross. Very much. Thank you for enriching my life in so many ways.
I have chosen to raise funds for Scottish Mountain Rescue in Ally’s name with this swim. This is his preferred charity, and an organisation with which he had very close ties dating back many decades. Some of the lesser known details about Alasdair Ross is that in his teens and twenties he was one of the foremost rock-climbers in Britain, and writer of what for many years was the definitive guide to climbs in the Cairngorms and north-east Scotland. If you can, please donate what you can via the Just Giving link below. Even just giving up one daily cup of coffee/tea on the run, and donating that money, will make a difference and will help save lives in our Scottish mountains. Simply click on the link below for the Just Giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/phia-steyn1
I will provide information on the swim logistics once we have a clear(er) idea of what day the swim is likely to take place.
Summer Swim Sessions
There will be no swim session on Sunday 3rd September as we will be at The Forth Swim.
Please note that due to water quality Sunday sessions will be a Pilmuir Quarry until further notice.
Summer has officially started ........ we will be at Pilmuir Quarry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30/6:45pm and will continue our Sunday swim sessions at Bardowie Loch on a Sunday morning, in the water from 10am. Please also note that Friday nights at Pilmuir are on hold over the holiday period due to low numbers.
Since this will be the official start to the 2017 season our new 2017 prices will apply, however if you purchase a card swim for 5 or more swims you will still be able to get your swim at last years prices !! Click here to purchase a Swim Card